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Rev Malachy Corley

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Rev Malachy Corley

Father Malachy Corley, 99, of the Monastery of the Holy Spirit died peacefully in the Monastery Infirmary on Friday, May 4, 2012, at 3.00 am., two months shy of his 100th birthday.

Born on July 10, 1912, James Henry Lamar Corley grew up in rural Missouri in a small town named Indian Creek, located in northeast Missouri, Monroe County, the "Mark Twain country" as Fr. Malachy would describe it. His father, Joseph Bernard was a medical doctor and his mother, Sarah Christine McLeod-Corley, a teacher.

The fifth of six children, Father Malachy was baptized at St. Stephen's Catholic Church in Indian Creek and graduated from Webster Groves High School. He attended St. Louis University from 1931 to 1934, graduating with a bachelor's degree in Philosophy. In 1942, he was inducted into the United States Army. Soon after arrival in the Philippines in July 1945, the war came to an end. Father Malachy told of serving under Strom Thurmond who would become Governor of South Carolina and then Senator. Father Malachy was discharged on February 6, 1946.

On June 22, 1949, Father Malachy, 37 years old, entered Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Monastery where his childhood friend, Father Joachim Tierney, was also a Monk and one of the 20 founders of the Monastery in 1944. Father Malachy professed his solemn vows on August 15, 1954 and was ordained to the priesthood on June 5, 1955. He served the community as mechanic and prior. In his later years, he welcomed visitors to the monastery at the latter's Welcome Center and was confessor to retreatants.

Funeral service was held on Tuesday, May 8, at the Conyers Monastery, with burial immediately following in the Monastery Cemetery.


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  • Created by: Eman Bonnici
  • Added: 10 May 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 89879370
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rev Malachy Corley (10 Jul 1912–4 May 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 89879370, citing Monastery of the Holy Spirit, Conyers, Rockdale County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Eman Bonnici (contributor 46572312) .